02 MAY,2021 | MEDC
Now that vaccination has been opened up to all Indians over the age of 18, the logistics aspect of it has to be put firmly in place. The supply pipeline has to be secured as many state governments have said that they will not be able to begin vaccinating in May due to operational issues. The government needs to publish an unambiguous list of what exactly it has ordered from the two existing vaccine manufacturers and what their roles and responsibilities are regarding the remainder which is to be sold through marketchannels. While the government’s decision to broaden vaccine availability and distribution is laudable, it will not happen automatically. India is now passing through the second wave of Covid, which is even deadlier than the first. Unless we have a coherent vaccine strategy in place, much of the good work done earlier risks being lost. The good news is that the government is serious about fixing supply constraints, and ensuring that the relevant information is widely and freely available. Vaccination may not be a panacea for all Covid-related ills, but something is better than nothing.
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